Cork City winger Daryl Horgan believes that his side's 3-1 victory over Sligo Rovers at Turners Cross has lifted the spirits in the dressing room.
Horgan scored twice as the Leesiders defeated the reigning league champions to take a crucial three points and the 20-year-old revealed that, prior to the game, manager Tommy Dunne had stressed the importance of having a "winning character" after witnessing his side suffer two consecutive 3-0 defeats against UCD and Drogheda United.
"He said we needed a winning character, we needed to be playing a bit more football. We haven't been playing the football that we know we can, but obviously the pitch was unbelievable so we could (against Sligo Rovers)," Horgan told the club's official website.
He added: "The boys showed how good we are. We played some brilliant football, took the goals when they came and it was three well-deserved points."
Horgan's double was complemented by a goal from debutant Ciaran Kilduff and the Republic of Ireland under-21 international was "very impressed" by the loanee, who recently arrived at the club from Shamrock Rovers.
"He was excellent. He worked his socks off and took his goal brilliantly. He's a different dimension to what we had maybe, he threatened the whole time and they struggled to cope with him.
"I was very impressed with him, he looks like a great signing. Hopefully he can push on and get a few more goals"
Cork will now take on Shelbourne in the Airtricity Premier Division on Friday July 12 at Tolka Park and Horgan says that the victory and level of performance against Sligo Rovers has certainly lifted spirits at the club.
"A win always helps," he said. "Especially when you play that well. We had to weather the storm a little bit at times, which we did very well. We limited them to very few chances, bar the goal.
"When everyone plays well and for each other, spirits lift and we've a big game now on Friday. We're going to work our socks off and hopefully get three points."